Federer, McEnroe push for Laver Cup’s place in team tennis
GENEVA (AP) — Team events are having quite the resurgence on the men's tennis circuit, with three different competitions scheduled in the next four months. What's still unclear, though, is whether...
Texas says internal review found no more admissions fraud
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas said Monday an internal review of athletics admissions after the school was snared in a national bribery scandal found no additional cases of students...
Nadal aims for 19th major title vs Medvedev in US Open final
NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY
Rafael Nadal tries to win a 19th Grand Slam singles title and Daniil Medvedev gets a chance for his first. A victory...
Kyrgios considered for ‘major offense’ for ‘corrupt’ comment
NEW YORK (AP) — The ATP is considering whether to punish Nick Kyrgios for a "major offense" after he called the men's tennis tour "corrupt" because it fined him more than $100,000 for his behavior...
First-round fireworks: Serena, Sharapova to meet at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will finally meet in the U.S. Open, and they'll do it in their very first match.
A long-awaited Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal showdown could...
Louisville parts ways with men’s coach Ecarma after 29 years
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville says it will part ways with men's tennis coach Rex Ecarma after 29 years following an independent investigation that concluded the program did not meet "roles and...
Nadal, Federer joining Djokovic on ATP leadership board
LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are joining Novak Djokovic on the ATP Player Council, bringing the Big Three together to reshape a board that has been roiled by conflict.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — As the start of Wimbledon approaches, two recent trends capture the completely disparate states of men's and women's tennis at the moment.
The Big 3 are still very much around. They're still leading the rankings, still collecting the biggest trophies. And they're still the dominant figures in men's tennis, responsible for the main...
LONDON (AP) — The Laver Cup is getting official status from the men's tennis tour.
The ATP says it has reached an agreement to make the tournament an official part of the yearly calendar,...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has promoted interim men's tennis coach Bruce Berque to permanent status after the Longhorns won the team national championship.
MADRID (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic sounds open to the idea of Justin Gimelstob's eventual return to an influential role in tennis following his recent resignation from the ATP board of...
Justin Gimelstob has announced his resignation from the ATP board of directors, a little more than a week after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault for attacking a former friend.
LONDON (AP) — The men's tennis singles final at the Olympics has been shortened to a best-of-three-sets match as part of format changes designed to reduce the workload of players competing in...
Teen Shapovalov earns early morning win at Miami Open
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Denis Shapovalov worked the late-night shift to reach the quarterfinals at the Miami Open.
The 19-year-old Canadian left-hander beat 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas...
Texas fires men’s tennis coach after bribery indictment
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas has fired men's tennis coach Michael Center after he was among those indicted on charges of taking bribes to help students get into top...
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Chris Kermode will leave his job as executive chairman and president of the men's professional tennis tour when his current term finishes at the end of this...
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- Columbus TelegramRutgers edges Nebraska women's tennis team 4-3April 8, 2019
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Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the first player from Asia to top the men's or women's tennis rankings — and the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years.
"I feel like I'm literally just still learning," the 21-year-old Osaka said. "Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way."
Novak, Naomi, other things we learned at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The way things went at the Australian Open didn't exactly teach the world that Novak Djokovic is the best there is in men's tennis right now. Certainly confirmed it, though.
And while those within the game knew all about Naomi Osaka, she made sure her talent is more obvious to more people.
50 years past last men’s Slam, Laver says it’ll happen again
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fifty years after Rod Laver won the last true Grand Slam in men's tennis, he is fairly confident the feat will be replicated one day, unlikely as it may seem.
"It's got to happen again," the Australian left-hander said Wednesday at the Australian Open.
While Steffi Graf won all four major tennis tournaments in one season in 1988, no man has done it other than Don Budge in 1938 and Laver in 1962 and 1969.
De Minaur in Australia’s Davis Cup team; Tomic, Kyrgios out
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Alex de Minaur is in. Nick Kyrgios is out. Bernard Tomic was not even a consideration.
There were no surprises in the team Lleyton Hewitt picked for Australia's Davis Cup match against Bosnia and Herzegovina next month.
The squad was published in a news release Tuesday after the last of the local players in the men's and women's singles draws were ousted from the Australian Open.
One of the sleepers, Berdych, reawakens rivalry with Nadal
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The men's tennis tour picked four "sleepers" to watch at the Australian Open. One of them has reached the fourth round at the Australian Open as many times — 11 — as Stefan Edberg, who won two titles in five finals here. He also has won more matches (47) at the season-opening Grand Slam in the Open era than Pete Sampras, who won two Australian titles among his 14 majors.
Nadal: Murray will be a big loss, but the game goes on
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.
That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men's tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: So many Slam champs over past 2 years
When Serena Williams was at her best, there was never much doubt that she'd be the favorite at pretty much any tournament she entered. While she was off the tour becoming a mom, women's tennis was as wide open as ever.
Could the Australian Open, where play begins Monday (Sunday EST), end the recent run in which eight women divvied up the past two years' worth of Grand Slam championships, the first time that had happened since the 1930s?
Sydney set to host finals in inaugural ATP Cup team event
SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney is set to host the finals of the inaugural ATP Cup men's team competition next January in an overhaul of the Australian swing for men's tennis ahead of the season-opening Grand Slam tournament.
Sydney, Brisbane and one other Australian city will co-host the tournament, featuring 24 national teams in three groups of eight and is expected to involve more than 100 players from the men's tour.
Eastern Michigan reinstates women’s tennis, hires coach
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Eastern Michigan University is reinstating its women's tennis team after a lawsuit filed by two former athletes.
French players united in defeat against Davis Cup overhaul
LILLE, France (AP) — French players don't like the new Davis Cup format and they're saying it loud and clear.
After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.
ITF president says Davis Cup, ATP Cup could ‘work together’
LILLE, France (AP) — ITF president David Haggerty is confident he can find a deal with the ATP to make sure their two team competitions do not clash on an already busy calendar.
Speaking in France at the final of the last Davis Cup played in its traditional format, Haggerty said he had "very positive" conversations with tennis stakeholders last week after the men's tennis tour announced the debut of the ATP Cup for January 2020, six weeks after the Davis Cup final.
The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new companion
LONDON (AP) — The Davis Cup and the Laver Cup are getting a new team-competition companion.
The men's tennis tour said Thursday the debut of the ATP Cup will take place in January 2020, just a week before the start of the Australian Open.
Ola Malmqvist promoted to director of coaching for USTA
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ola Malmqvist is being promoted to director of coaching for U.S. Tennis Association player development.
The USTA also announced two other moves Friday: Fed Cup captain Kathy Rinaldi is replacing Malmqvist as head of women's tennis, and director of player identification and development Kent Kinnear is becoming head of men's tennis.
Kinnear steps in for Brian Boland, who left the USTA in May to become Baylor's tennis coach.
Madrid to host Davis Cup finals in 2019 and 2020
LONDON (AP) — Madrid will host the first two finals of the newly-transformed Davis Cup.
Beginning next year, the top team event in men's tennis will be played as an 18-team, season-ending tournament at a neutral site.
Teams will play one week in February to advance to the final in November, which the International Tennis Federation says will be played at the La Caja Magica in the Spanish capital in 2019 and 2020.
NCAA places ETSU on probation for men’s tennis violations
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State's athletics department has been placed on two years' probation and its former men's tennis coach has received a five-year show cause order from the NCAA.
The NCAA ruled former coach Yaser Zaatini and a booster provided about 14 men's tennis players with $9,937 in impermissible benefits over the course of five years. The report didn't mention Zaatini by name.
From Osaka to umpires, what we learned during wild US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka began the U.S. Open having never made it past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament and seeded 20th. She also arrived with big goals.
"It would be really sad if I kept playing for years and my biggest goal was to get to the quarters of a Slam," she announced after her first-round victory. "I think everyone plays Slams to win, especially the younger players now."
Davis Cup overhauled for 2019 with season-ending team event
The Davis Cup is getting a radical makeover in hopes of reviving an event that has lost some luster.
Beginning next year, the top team event in men's tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.
The International Tennis Federation believes this format will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule.
LONDON (AP) — The ATP is changing its Challenger Tour, looking to streamline tennis at lower levels and make it easier for players to earn a living.
Starting in 2019, draw sizes will be increased from 32 to 48 at all events in the second rung of the men's tennis. All players will earn prize money and receive hotel accommodations. The ATP estimates an additional $1 million (763,400 pounds) in prize money.
LONDON (AP) — What had gone from a Big 4 to a Big 2 is now back to a Big 3, with Novak Djokovic rejoining Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the top of men's tennis.
Each has been written off at some point. And each has won a major tournament in 2018: Djokovic's title at Wimbledon on Sunday, Nadal's at the French Open in June, and Roger Federer's at the Australian Open in January.
"It's amazing," Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda said, "that those three got back like this."
LONDON (AP) — The men's tennis tour says its board has approved the return of the ATP World Team Cup in 2020.
The ATP said Sunday it still must finalize a contract with partner Tennis Australia for the event, which would be held at the beginning of the season.
"This is an exciting new era in men's tennis, " Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said in a statement. "Upon finalizing the agreement with the ATP we look forward to unveiling a stunning new global event in Australia to launch the season."
SAO PAULO (AP) — Maria Bueno, a Brazilian tennis great who won three Wimbledon singles titles and four at the U.S. Open in the 1950s and 1960s, and helped usher in modern women's tennis, has died after battling mouth cancer. She was 78.
Bueno was admitted to the Nove de Julho hospital in Sao Paulo in May. The hospital released a statement on Friday afternoon confirming her death, but declined to provide more details out of respect for her family.
PARIS (AP) — Surely, that's no way to treat a friend?
Rafael Nadal beat his old buddy Richard Gasquet for a 16th consecutive time Saturday, making theirs one of the most lopsided duels in men's tennis.
The Spaniard and the Frenchman were born 15 days apart in 1986. They've known each other since they were young prodigies. But with a racket in his hand, Nadal is ruthless with the player he calls "a good friend and a good person."
PARIS (AP) — It's an oft-cited and oft-updated stat in men's tennis: The so-called Big 4 — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — have won 47 of the past 52 Grand Slam titles, a run of dominance that began in 2005.
Add in Stan Wawrinka to make it a Big 5, and the number becomes 50 of 52.
NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Boland is leaving his position as head of men's tennis for the U.S. Tennis Association's player development to return to college as the coach at Baylor.
The USTA announced Boland's departure Thursday, a little more than a year after he was hired. Baylor later announced that Boland would become its director of tennis and head men's coach.
South Dakota State University cutting tennis programs
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota State University is cutting its men's and women's tennis programs at the end of the academic year.
Athletic Director Justin Sell says a lack of quality tennis courts on campus and in Brookings was a primary factor in the decision.
The move will affect 19 athletes, a full-time coach and a student assistant coach. The school will honor the athletes' scholarships and help those who want to transfer to other schools.
Every Monday, the Tribune-Review will highlight 10 top area college performances from the weekend:
1. IUP women's tennis team repeats as PSAC champion
The Idaho State men's tennis team fell 5-2 at Idaho on Sunday in its final match of the season.
"We came out and competed once again, and pushed the No. 1 team in the Big Sky Conference to their limit," ISU coach Mark Rodel said. "I am sad to call our season to a close, and I am grateful to our team for how they kept fighting and working until the very end."